Luxury Turkey Holidays: An Overview

Another firm Original Travel holiday favourite, Turkey offers the full scope of attractions from cultural cities to picturesque landscapes, and a beautiful coastline.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Istanbul. Europe's largest, and one of its most vibrant cities. The cobbled streets of the old town are busy and bustling, and full of beautiful cultural highlights too. The Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, the Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace are all must visits in their own right
  • The Aegean Coast -beautiful crystal clear turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling and lovely little fishing villages to explore. A great way to see the coast is to take a gulet boat trip for the day. There is also excellent diving, wind and kite surfing
  • The shopping is brilliant and the markets, although often very busy, are a great place to put your haggling skills to the test!

Luxury Turkey Holidays: The Detail

There is no marmite scenario here, Turkey has a bit of everything for a luxury holiday, so there are plenty of places to love or hate, although the latter may never be applicable. The country is made up of Black Sea ports, sandy Anatolian plains, Mediterranean coasts and cosmopolitan cities.

Did you know

  • Turkey is the only country in the world that is spread over two continents, with just 3% in Europe
  • Most Turks didn't have surnames until 1934
  • Turkey's Black Sea coastline has a length of 1650km, which is the same distance as Paris to Berlin
  • There is no desert in Turkey and there are no native camels
  • Turkey is the largest producer and exporter of hazelnuts in the world

The obvious starting point is Istanbul, a hugely atmospheric city, and a great destination for a long weekend. As well as being packed with historical and cultural treasures, modern Istanbul has a contemporary buzz to it. Once you've seen some of Istanbul's numerous sights, indulge in a visit to a traditional hammam or a haggling contest in one of the city's sprawling bazaars.

Elsewhere, the bizarre rock formations that characterise the Cappadocia region of central Turkey are the result of ancient volcanic eruptions that deposited thick layers of soft rock. The forces of nature have, over the ages, sculpted outlandish shapes such as the so-called 'fairy chimneys' - toadstool-like rock pinnacles that litter the valleys - while into it humans have, going back centuries, dug homes, churches and even entire underground cities. Some of these subterranean homes have been converted into cave-hotels - chic boltholes that offer everything the modern troglodyte could want.

Finally, the shores of the beautiful Lycean coast are home to an increasing number of excellent hotels and all but guaranteed good weather in a UK summer and even spring and autumn. This coast is also excellent for exploration from a gulet traditional wooden sailing boat, and this is something else we can organise.

Original Travel members have travelled the country, and know the best places to stay and visit, so can tailor make an itinerary to your exact specifications. Must sees should include soaring mosques, Byzantine churches, Ottoman palaces - exhibiting a combination of Turkish world empire heritage. Turkey has a lot to offer for a luxury holiday and we happen to know a few of those passionate travel folks who will gladly tailor make an itinerary for you.


Top picks for Turkey

Four Seasons Bosphorus

Four Seasons Bosphorus

Istanbul

Housed in a 19th Century Ottoman Palace on the Bosphorus, and with unbeatable service, style and a serious wow factor, the Four Seasons Bosphorus has it all.

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Ciragan Palace

Ciragan Palace

Istanbul

The 19th-century waterfront Ciragan Palace was once the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans and has been restored to its former glory.

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Cappadocia Hot Air Baloons

Cappadocia

Turkey

Stay in a cave hotel and witness some of the world’s most bizarre topography.

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Yunak Evleri

Yunak Evleri

Cappadocia

This small luxury hotel is set at the foot of towering cliffs and consists of six cave houses and a 19th century Greek mansion.

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Lycian Tombs on the Aegean Coast

The Aegean Coast

Turkey

Turquoise sea, beautiful bays and pretty little villages line Turkey's south western coast - a holiday in its own right or great in combination with Istanbul.

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Vault Karakoy

Vault Karakoy

Istanbul

Originally built as a bank, Vault Karaköy, the House Hotel is a hip addition to the portfolio of places to stay in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Karaköy. The hotel’s location is perfect for exploring bohemian Beyoglu, historic Sultanahmet and the Galata Port.

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Sofa Hotel

Sofa Hotel

Istanbul

Another of the batch of hip boutique hotels springing up in Istanbul, this time in the trendy Nisantasi district, famous for its boutiques and galleries.

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Galata Tower at Dusk

Istanbul

Turkey

Just three and a half hours from the UK, this atmospheric 'East meets West' city is a perfect destination for a long weekend.

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Ani Convent of Virgins in Turkey

Eastern Turkey

Turkey

Culture vultures alert - Eastern Turkey contains more antiquity than you can shake a claw at.

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Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Cappadocia

Located in a centuries old restored Byzantine monastic retreat, Gamirasu Cave Hotel is quite literally, housed in caves.

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Sirkeci Mansion

Sirkeci Mansion

Istanbul

This charming hotel occupies a renovated Konak – a city mansion which would have once been used as an official residence during the Ottoman Empire.

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W Istanbul

W Istanbul

Istanbul

It’s a sign of Istanbul’s growing reputation that hip W Hotels chose the Turkish capital as the location of their first European opening.

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